Celina Caesar-Chavannes is the former Member of Parliament, with the Government of Canada, representing the Town of Whitby, a suburb east of Toronto. She served as Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from December 2015 to January 2017 and served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development et la Francophonie from January 2017 to August 2018.
Before entering politics, Mrs. Caesar-Chavannes was a successful entrepreneur, launching and growing an award winning research management consulting firm, with a particular focus on neurological conditions. She was the recipient of both the Toronto Board of Trade’s Business Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 and the 2007 Black Business and Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Young Entrepreneur Award.
Mrs. Caesar-Chavannes is a renowned research consultant and has worked with a variety of private, government and non-government organizations. Her work required her to build and manage effective collaboration across a wide range of interests and perspectives, and she has years of experience managing complex projects involving industry, federal agencies, health care professionals, researchers and patient advocacy groups.
An international lecturer on the inclusion of marginalized populations in clinical research, Ms. Caesar-Chavannes has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, an MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix, an Executive MBA from the Rotman School of Management, at the University of Toronto and is currently enrolled in a PhD program focused on Organizational Leadership at Northcentral University.
She is a past member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, and also served as member of the Institutional Advisory Board for the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, which is part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She is also a member of the Congress of Black Women.
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
- Celina's correct pronouns are She/Her.
- Celina identifies as Black.
- Anti-racism and Anti-Black Racism
- Canadian Government and Policy
- Social Justice Advocacy
- Mental Health
- Transformative Leadership
- Executive Coaching
- Strategy Mapping
- Celina offers Speaking, Training, and Consulting Services (Other Services) as a Constellation Star.
- Celina operates as an incorporated business.
- Celina has over 8 years of experience in providing services.
- For information and pricing, please contact her directly.
SOME OF CELINA'S CLIENTS
Government of Canada (Co-Chair of National Epidemiology Study), TD Canada Trust, Neurological Health Charities Canada, University of Toronto, Alzheimer's Society Canada, Parkinson Society Canada
Q&A WITH AREZOO
- How does your lived experience and identity contribute to your qualification as a service deliverer?
My cumulative experience in politics and business have allowed me to navigate high level global spaces we as much ease, as there was frustration. Often being the "only woman, woman of colour or Black woman" allowed me to see gaps that are often missed and opportunities that are often overlooked. I have used the full collection of my lived experience - flaws, strengths, joys and pains - to advocate for others, move the status quo and help orgnaizaiton and communities move closer to equity.
- How does your institutional and non-institutional education contribute to your qualification as a service deliverer?
My continuous quest for knowledge, both formal (MBAs and PhD coursework) and informal (government briefings, readings, news reports) give me insights which complement my lived experiences. Knowledge has always been a powerful tool, and I use it to build confidence, provide my experience and allow institutions and systems to operate better than before I arrived.
- How have you advanced climate justice and equity in the past?
During my term as a Member of Parliament, I advocated for people suffering with mental illness and was named Champion of Mental Health Parliamentarian Award in May 2017 by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. My advocacy related to equity and justice resonated in Canada and around the world as she was also named one of the Most Influential People of African Descent, Global 100 Under 40, Politics & Governance and Black Parliamentarian of the Year in 2017, and a feature in the April 2018 edition of O (Oprah Winfrey) Magazine entitled, “What would you stand up for?”. Standing up for my principles were rewarded in being named Chatelaine Magazine’s Woman of the Year 2019.
- How do you advance climate justice and equity through your services?
I help organizations move beyond diversity check boxes towards building spaces where people thrive, present innovative ideas, offer dissenting opinions and bring their authentic selves to work each day. Toxicity and tension in organizations are a symptom of non-inclusive cultures. Starting with an organizational climate review and assessment, the implementation of a culture transformation plan is straightforward.
- What does it mean to you to act as a future ancestor?
To whom much is given much is expected. It is the mantra that has governed most of my life. As a future ancestor, and the realization of my ancestors wildest dreams, it is important to give back and share my talent, skill and expertise with those around me. In the context of transformative leadership, it means having the humility to share space, challenge inequity and build better systems. It is exhausting work, but with every successive generation, the work should get easier.
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